In a previous article, we talked about the best gadgets for students, which included a light alarm clock and smart notebook. But what about apps? Your smartphone can do so much more than text and surf the internet, thanks to apps designed for just about anything. Here are the best apps for college students, whether they want to study or listen to music:
Trouble with time management? Life Cycle tracks your activities and time, and gives you simple pie charts of how your day is divided up. Each week, you get access to a “journal” that summarizes what you spent your time on. Life Cycle works in the background of your phone, tracking whatever you do, so you don’t need to think about it. It also uses just 1% of your battery life, so as it’s open during the day, it isn’t sucking away energy. The app can be integrated with Apple Health, if you want to track info like your sleep patterns. The basic app is free, with a premium option priced at $9.99 a year.
Many apps for college revolve around music, and Pandora might be the best one. Create your own stations from your favorite artists and get introduced to new music based on what you like. A basic plan is free, with options for Premium ($4.99 a month) and Plus ($12.99) a month. If you stick with the free plan, certain restrictions apply, i.e. not being able to skip as many songs as you like and short ads every few songs.
Flashcards are a very effective way to study, but it’s easy to get disorganized. You also probably don’t want to carry them around with you at all times. With a 4.6 star rating and over 2.5k reviews, StudyBlue is one of the most popular flashcard apps out there. Create as many as you want and customize with features like audio and images. You can also find other students’ flashcards on the app and share your own to be part of the enormous library of knowledge that StudyBlue hosts. It’s available on both Android and iOs for free.
Most college student are required to take some kind of math class during their years at school. If you aren’t planning on continuing a math/science track, getting a really fancy calculator may not be in your budget. For extra help, try FastMath from Photomath. Simply take a picture of a math problem with your smartphone, and the app solves it. It also gives step-by-step explanations of the solution. For unlimited access to these features, you will need a paid subscription. If you go month-to-month, it’s $9.99. For a three-month package, it’s $19.99, and a 6-month upgrade is $29.99.
Just about college student needs to talk a few classes in a second language. While some take to their language of choice naturally, it can be a real struggle for others, and take up time from the classes they really care about. Duolingo is an app that helps supplement a classroom with dictionaries, lists of words you’ve learned, and lessons. It’s an editor’s choice app on Apple’s app store and is available for Android, as well. Choose from 30 languages like Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, Swahili, Welsh, and English. The app is free, but for some extras and no ads, there’s Duolingo Plus, which is $9.99 a month.
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